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Sassi di Matera

Postby searching » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:54 pm

There is also a place with ancient caves in Italy - Sassi di Matera.



Maybe somebody can tell me how upload the actual video rather than just the url.

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Re: Sassi di Matera

Postby mirjana » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:28 pm

Yes, Lynda. Sabina gave us instructions us about it here:
http://www.deepspirits.com/exploration/when-embedding-videos-t636.html
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Re: Sassi di Matera

Postby searching » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:03 am

OK so I'm practicing now:



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Re: Sassi di Matera

Postby searching » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:07 am

I should have gone one step further and given some information about Sassi di Matera:

The "Sassi" grew in the area of Murgia Plateau , and extended between Apulia and Basilicata

Matera has gained international fame for its "Sassi". The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy [2].

The Sassi are houses dug into the tufa rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Puglia. Many of these "houses" are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. The ancient town grew in height on one slope of the ravine created by a river that is now a small stream. The ravine is known locally as "la Gravina".

In the 1950s, the government of Italy forcefully relocated most of the population of the Sassi to areas of the developing modern city. However, people continued to live in the Sassi, and according to the English Fodor's guide:

“ Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. ”

Until the late 1980s this was considered an area of poverty, since these houses were, and in most areas still are, mostly unlivable. Current local administration, however, has become more tourism-oriented, and has promoted the re-generation of the Sassi with the aid of the European Union, the government, UNESCO, and Hollywood. Today there are many thriving businesses, pubs, and hotels
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